JOHNSTONE war veterans who turned to art after losing their sight are set to put their creations on show.

The group of 13, who all have a visual impairment and are supported by Scottish War Blinded, got involved through the Hawkhead Centre, in Paisley.

National Service veteran John Gillies, 86, who has macular degeneration, said the art “made life better.”

He added: “I’m painting things from my imagination. It’s helped me feel confident within myself. Everybody disappears into their own world when they’re painting and becomes themselves.

“Before coming to the centre, I was in the house, not doing anything. I’ve seen the difference since coming here – I have a lot of friends and people to talk to.

“I think it’s great to promote what Scottish War Blinded does and how they help us through this exhibition.”

Gerry McAuley, 79, has glaucoma, which has left him blind in his left eye.

He said: “Art makes your mind work and challenges you. Before I came to the Hawkhead Centre, I never thought I’d be able to do it.

“I was getting angry sometimes because I can’t get out to do my fishing anymore due to my sight, but this has toned me down.

“With my sight, I find it difficult when it comes down to fine detail, also due to my hand being a bit shaky, but you’re the painter, you can do what you want.

“My family have enjoyed seeing what I’m doing. This is the first time I’ve had my work displayed in public and I’m very pleased.”

National Service veteran Jackie Kerr, 82, also of Johnstone, has the sight condition macular degeneration. His art will also be on display at the exhibit at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from this Friday.

Jackie said: “It will be nice to have our work displayed in Kelvingrove so people can see what we can do. You don’t know what you can do until you try.”